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Chicken in Black Bean Sauce


Chicken in black bean sauce is a dish that delights both the palate and the senses. With its savory flavors and aromatic spices, it’s a favorite among many who enjoy Chinese cuisine. Let’s delve into what makes this dish so special and how you can recreate it at home.

Prep Time:

15 mins

Cook Time:

15 mins

Additional Time:

20 mins

Total Time:

50 mins



Chicken in Black Bean Sauce

The Ingredients

To prepare chicken in black bean sauce, you’ll need a handful of simple yet essential ingredients. These include:

For the Sauce:

  • Fermented black beans
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Soy sauce
  • Oyster sauce
  • Chicken broth
  • Cornstarch (for thickening)

For the Chicken:

  • Chicken breast or thigh, sliced thinly
  • Vegetables of your choice (bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc.)
  • Oil for cooking
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Chicken in Black Bean Sauce

Cooking Method

Preparing the Sauce:

  1. Start by rinsing the fermented black beans to remove any excess salt. Then, finely chop them along with garlic and ginger.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, oyster sauce, and chicken broth. Add the chopped black beans, garlic, and ginger to this mixture.
  3. Dissolve cornstarch in a little water to make a slurry. This will be used to thicken the sauce during cooking.

Cooking the Chicken:

  1. Heat oil in a pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add the sliced chicken pieces and stir-fry until they are cooked through and lightly browned.
  2. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside. In the same pan, add a bit more oil if needed and toss in your choice of vegetables. Stir-fry until they are tender but still crisp.
  3. Return the cooked chicken to the pan and pour in the prepared black bean sauce. Allow everything to simmer together for a few minutes until the sauce thickens slightly and coats the chicken and vegetables evenly.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and your chicken in black bean sauce is ready to serve!
Chicken in Black Bean Sauce

Serving Suggestions

Chicken in black bean sauce pairs beautifully with steamed rice or noodles. Garnish with some sliced green onions or cilantro for a fresh touch. You can also add a sprinkle of sesame seeds for extra flavor and visual appeal.


With its rich flavors and simple preparation, chicken in black bean sauce is a dish that’s sure to impress. Whether you’re cooking for yourself or entertaining guests, this recipe is a winner every time. So why not give it a try and treat yourself to a taste of culinary delight?

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